A green receptacle off the main lobby next to a volunteer sign-in station is the spot to safely deposit out-of-date prescriptions, controlled substances, over-the-counter medications and veterinary drugs.

Published Aug 16th, 2019

Safe and responsible drug disposal is critical in the fight against the national opioid crisis. That’s why USA Health Children’s & Women’s Hospital is now an official collection point for the Consumer Drug Take Back Program.

“This program allows patients, family members, staff and the public to safely dispose of medications without worrying about harm to the environment, personal safety or the potential for the drugs to reach the wrong hands,” said Robby Smith, director of the pharmacy at Children’s & Women’s Hospital. “This is especially important because of the opioid crisis negatively impacting communities across the U.S.”

A green receptacle off the main lobby next to a volunteer sign-in station is the spot to safely deposit out-of-date prescriptions, controlled substances, over-the-counter medications and veterinary drugs. Items that can’t be accepted, Smith said, include illegal or hazardous drugs and chemicals, needles, inhalers and aerosol cans. Questions? Please contact Smith by email at rcsmith@health.southalabama.edu.

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